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Phil Brown - Journalist - Author As a journalist I am a senior writer with News Queensland. As an author I write about myself and, if that sounds self-indulgent, you don't know the half of it. Mind you if you read either of my memoirs - Travels with My Angst or Any Guru Will Do, all will be revealed.
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 The Consolation of the Moon


I’ve been thinking a lot about the moon lately. Very Druid of me, don’t you think? I’m not about to start worshipping it or anything but I have been admiring it and drawing consolation from it during a bout of the winter blues. Alain de Botton is consoled by philosophy but for me it’s the moon. How does one get consoled by a hunk of rock floating in space? Well there’s something rather companionable about this shape-shifting celestial body, to my mind at least.


As a poet I have written about the moon over the years, following a grand tradition. Bards have sung its praises over the millennia. My poem satori at seven-thirty is about going for an evening stroll and being amazed by “the full moon: a celestial button caught on chiffon clouds … big as the Hindenburg”.

When the full moon is newly risen, above the rooftops, vast and yellow, it does something to me. I don’t mean I turn into a werewolf or anything like that but I can feel something stirring in my blood. The moon controls the tides and maybe it has some similar pull on what flows in our veins. It doesn’t have to be full to be appreciated, however. I love it even when it’s a mere silver sliver, smiling in the black vastness of the night sky. As the old song goes “half a moon is better than no moon”. I know that, scientifically and astronomically speaking it’s just a big rock reflecting the sun but there’s something magical about this particular hunk and when it’s around I feel better.  I love to pop outside in the evenings and gaze at it. What does that make me? A lunar-tic? Maybe. And happy to be one. Now excuse me while I go outside and howl at the moon a bit. Try it yourself. You’ll feel better afterwards, I guarantee it.

14 Jul 2011

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